Last weekend, we went to one of the finest islands in Davao where a resort sits alluringly atop of it named Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
It was a blissful morning. The July sky was calm. It was back-dropped against the peaceful sea. This is a scene that tourists like us immediately notice while we draw near this enchanting island.
Before we share with you photos of the actual Pearl Farm resort, allow us to give you a glimpse of Marina port. The jump off point going to Pearl Farm is called the Marina Wharf which is around 15 to 30 minutes away from the airport.
An interesting accordion door made of wood and metal.
This is the Marina Wharf's lobby. The port has wi-fi and staff is very efficient.
Interestingly, the port has a pool which leads us to conclude Marina Wharf also offers overnight accommodation (as pictured below).
On the ground floor of this structure is a cafeteria. You may notice how they surrounded it with greens which props up its yellow edifice.
The lobby makes use of a lot of rattan furniture.
Marina Wharf can be a resort in itself but nothing compares to what awaits you at the Pearl Farm. Boat schedules are as follows: 8:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm
The Samal group of Islands consists of nine islands measuring 28,000 hectares. Brimming with marine life, coconut trees, mangroves and exotic animals (while they maintain an aviary), it is a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the metro. Its coastline boasts of pristine sand beaches and blessed with a landscape that of a world-class tourist destination.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a approximately 45-minute boat ride from the wharf. Its namesake was derived from its previous function. We have been told that a good number of oysters were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Today, maintaining its charm, Pearl Farm promises a retreat like no other.
These are the Samal houses where we stayed whose ethnic influences are very evident. Other accommodations include the Hilltop Rooms, Mandaya House and Samal Suites.
Their website reads:
Deluxe Accommodation with 73 guestrooms, suites, cottages on stilts perched above the sea and exclusive villas are designed from Maranao and Samal ethnic influences in both materials and form. Inside, decorative details and multihued patterns reflect the islands vibrant culture as inspired by the region's rich tribal ancestry.
Those, on the other hand, are the Samal Suites. The Samal Suites is right beside Pearl Farm's beachfront.
Here's one of Samal house's interiors. Mine was painted blue and its bed framed by two suspended lamps and paddles.
At the break of dawn, my room opened up to this fantastic view of Malipano Island. It's a secluded island located a few hundred meters off Samal Island where seven (7) exclusive villas of the resort are nestled. It offers three holes of golf and at the west side, the island faces a pristine white sand beach.
This is one section of the Parola Bar where you can have some ice cold beer or cocktail while enjoying the company of loved ones.
Further down are the Mandaya Houses. There are several on-going construction in the area most of which are additional accommodations.
It has its own private pool and beachfront too so you wouldn't have to go to the opposite end of the resort where the Samal suites are.
We don't have a very decent shot of the Maranao Restaurant. The Maranao restaurant serves Filipino and International Cuisine with fresh seafood specialties. Since this is an interior design blog we will leave the food review to Mr. Anton Diaz of OAP if ever he gets to visit the place.
While we didn't really enjoy their food, Pearl Farm Davao is definitely a place we'd like to go back to.